Global Programs organizes first workshop with Sung-Kyun-Kwan University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs is facilitating the building of the Global Engagement Network, the University-wide initiative that aims to facilitate and coordinate a multidimensional and interdisciplinary network of select peer institutions around the world.

The Korea Global Engagement Network Faculty Implementation Team (GEN-FIT) is organizing its first annual workshop at the Suwon campus of Sung-Kyun-Kwan University (SKKU) in South Korea on June 20-21.

“In order for the GEN to succeed, we must provide the opportunity for faculty to meet and make connections,” said Robert Crane, professor of Geography and director of the Global Engagement Network. “Opportunities like this workshop are critical in the development of our global partnerships.”

The primary goal of this first workshop is to provide a forum for faculty members from PSU and SKKU to interact in person and initiate the development of long-term collaboration in research and education.

Eleven Penn State faculty members are actually visiting SKKU for this workshop, while eight Penn State faculty members are virtually participating in the workshop through Polycom and Adobe Connect. These 19 participants from Penn State represent the following campuses: Altoona (three), Berks (one), DuBois (one), Harrisburg (one), Hazleton (one), New Kensington (one) and University Park (11).

Nine simultaneous breakout sessions (seven of them will involve the virtual portion) are used to explore research collaborations in agricultural sciences, chemistry, economics, education, health and human development, computer science/information sciences and technology, electrical engineering, material engineering and physics.

A total of 40 professors between Penn State and SKKU will interact with each other; it is expected research and other collaborative efforts will come from this first meeting.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Brady in the University office of Global Programs.


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Last Updated June 19, 2013